This tutorial will show you how to make these Edwardian satin boudoir slippers.
- satin fabric
- cotton canvas or other stiff fabric
- padding material for the midsole
- foam rubber or leather for the sole
- pattern taken from one of your shoes
- scissor, needle, sewing thread
Use one of your shoes and cut a paper pattern for the sole. For the midsole padding, you could use wool or polyester stuffing, or use some yarn scraps and crochet a sole shape – like I did.
Cut a fabric piece large enough to cover the sole padding + seam allowance. Sew the satin fabric with overcast stitches to the sole padding on the underside.
Gather the fabric where necessary so that the fabric lies smooth on the right side of the sole.
Use one of your shoes and cut a paper pattern for the upper. Cut two uppers of cotton canvas and satin fabric with seam allowances. Zig-zag round the edges with your sewing machine joining the canvas and satin. (The satin covered side will be the underside of the upper.)
Cut another larger piece of satin for the upper side of the upper. Gather the fabric with running stitches to the upper. Turn in the raw edges. Continue to shirr the satin fabric with rows of running stitches until the upper is completely covered. I you find it easier, you could shirr the satin fabric first, and then attach it to the upper.
Sew the upper with overcast stitches to the underside of the midsole so that there is enough room for your feet.
Cut two soles from foam rubber, leather, or canvas. Attach the sole with running stitches. If you use foam rubber or leather for your sole, don’t space the running stitches to close together so that it won’t tear along the stitching line. Secure your thread with a knot or some stitches.
If you want you can decorate your shoes. I’ve used satin roses. Here you can find my tutorial for these Edwardian (1910) satin roses. And your Edwardian slippers are finished!